If you were not lucky enough to be able to get a non-stop flight, you could get stuck waiting at the airport for your connecting flight. If you arrive at the airport at 11pm, and your connecting flight isn’t until 6am, you need to sleep for sometime . Most people don’t want to spend money on a hotel that they would only be staying in for just a few hours. You also don’t want to fall asleep in a hard chair, while you neck jerks backward and you wake up each time it does.
If you are traveling on a budget and are expecting a long layover, you can sleep in the airport comfortably, as long as you are prepared. If you know a few sleeping in an airport tips, it can be an exciting adventure.
Always Be Prepared
If you are planning on sleeping in an airport, you need to be prepared for all types of questions. Some airport officials do not support individuals sleeping in the airport. Most airports won’t kick you out, however, they will ask questions. They will want to know why you are not at a hotel. They will likely ask you to show proof that you have a ticket to fly out the next day. You should be prepared to be interrogated, and have your answers and your airline ticket ready to present them for proof.
To be even further prepared, you can look at airport guides. These will let you see if the airport you are going to be sleeping in has a lounge, transit hotels, showers, 24 hour food service, and WiFi. You can also read review about your airport from former travelers.
Block Out the Things Around You
Airports are not in any way quiet and serene. A person’s flight get canceled or delayed, and they start yelling and freaking out. Everywhere you go in an airport, you will find people talking, arguing, and laughing, often times in many different languages. The best thing that you can do to drown out this sound is use earplugs or listen to music on your headphones. It will make sleeping much easier.
The lights in an airport are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want a good chance of falling asleep, you should use eye shades or a sleep mask.
While it is inconvenient to bring the comforter from your bed to the airport, you can bring a small, fleece blanket. It will keep you cozy when you are trying to sleep in the airport. If you don’t have a blanket with you, you can ask the airline whose flight you are waiting for if you can have a blanket while you wait. Some will give you one, some won’t. It doesn’t hurt to ask though.
In order to sleep in the airport, it is important that you are comfortable. You can pack a travel blanket and pillow in your carry on. What you wear is also important. Rather than wearing a dress or tight jeans, you should wear a track suit.
Set an Alarm
The last thing you want is to fall asleep in the airport and miss your flight. To be sure that you don’t, you should set an alarm. If you are able to sleep soundly in the airport, you should set your alarm every two hours so you can keep track of what is going on with your flight. If you don’t have an alarm, you can ask a fellow traveler near you to wake you up at a certain time. You could also make a sign asking passerby’s to wake you up at a certain time. This is risky, but if it is your only option, you should try.
Keep an Eye on Your Luggage
When you get tired, you start to lose focus on what is going on around you. Because of this, it is important that you watch your luggage. If possible, keep your luggage on your body or under it. If not, create a fence around yourself and your luggage using a cart. You should never leave your passport, money, airline tickets, or any items of value in your luggage if you are going to be sleeping. You should keep it in a pocket on your jacket that zips up.
If you have large luggage, you can create a small living space. You can arrange your luggage to make a fortress. This will give you privacy and comfort.
Get There As Early As Possible
If you know you are going to be sleeping at the airport, you should get there early. Chances are you are not the only person who has that idea. Therefore, it is important to get there early so you can get the good spots behind counters, behind window shades, and on corner couches. If you wait, all of the good spots will be taken.
It is best to sleep in plain sight of security, with your luggage right by you. You should go over and introduce yourself. This will help them feel a personal connection to you, and will likely check in on you from time to time. They might also tip you off about when the flight will board so that you can get on the plane quickly.
Unless you are an avid people watcher, airports can be boring places. If you plan to stay at the airport over night, you should bring books, magazines, or playing cards. Anything you can find to keep you busy will make the time go by faster. You should also bring snacks and water to keep you hydrated.
If you are traveling on a budget, sleeping in the airport does not need to be an awful time, it can be an adventure. If you make the most of the situation, you will have memories to last you a lifetime. In some cases, the overnight stay at the airport could be one of the most fun parts of your trip.